Spring Newsletter

Hi everyone, welcome to spring!

We are expecting some nice warm weather toarrive soon but as we all know in New Zealand, the rain will still come too!

It’s just 12 weeks to Christmas and we have had a very busy winter. Make sure you do your Christmas booking in advance. Also booking for daycare is now required Don’t miss your spot!


Tepuke Groom Expo


On 17th of September our groomers Bruna and Jozi and our student Louise participated in the Te Puke Groom Expo. We are happy to say that they did a great job.

Jozi got Third place at gold category in the morning with her dog Laxime and Third place in the afternoon with Raffy.

Louise competed for first time and got second place at bronze category with her dog. Well done!

Bruna got First place at gold category with her dog in the morning competition. She also took place in the Sunday seminar where she learned more about hand striping on terriers and double coated dogs.













Bruna’s work in the morning                           Jozi’s work in the afternoon                        Louise’s work in the afternoon

Learn more about your double-coated dog!

A double coat means there is both a top (or over) coat made of tougher guard hairs and a bottom or (under) coat that is thick and soft.  Breeds such as Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Border Collies, and Retrievers are examples of double coated dogs.  With a double-coated dog they need to be groomed by brushing throughout the year, but most heavily done in the spring when a major shedding period occurs.  As the weather warms up the thick undercoat starts to do a complete shed, it detaches from the body and is often described as molting.

The question still remains then, why not shave them and just keep them out of the sun? 

Unlike people, dogs do not sweat through their skin.  Dogs sweat by panting and in all but northern breeds, through the pads of the feet.  Shaving them actually removes some of their natural ability to stay cool.






Once all this undercoat is removed the air can circulate between and through the hairs of the topcoat keeping the dog cool, while the topcoat keeps the skin protected from the sun.  This topcoat can also protect the dog’s skin from fly and mosquito bites.

Clipping short ANY double-coated breed, even once, can and often does cause serious permanent, irreversible damage to a dog’s beautiful natural coat.  Their thin skin without its natural coat protection is at risk – no matter what season of the year.

Shaving a double-coated dog does not stop the shedding – it only makes the hair that is shed shorter.

Love your double-coated dog. Know that to DE-SHED it is easier, healthier and more effective than shaving it down. Brush and comb it and regularly bathe and condition it. Better yet, send it to us for regular grooms. 



Dog of the month


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a rare breed that originated in the Little River district of Nova Scotia, a province on Canada’s Atlantic coast. Originally known as Little River Duck Dogs, they were renamed the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever — a mouthful, even for a retriever, so most fans call them Tollers.

This sporting breed has a lot going for it: personality, versatility, and an easy-care coat. They’re the smallest of all the retriever breeds and share many of the same traits, such as a strong working drive, intelligence, and a happy nature. But the breed has some drawbacks as well. They can be strong willed and are not as eager to please as a Labrador or Golden Retriever. If allowed to, they will take control of a household.

Tollers love kids. They’re great for playing ball or pulling a child on a skateboard. They get along well with other dogs, especially other Tollers. Their prey drive, however, may send them careening after cats or other animals that look like good sport.

One hitch to living with a Toller in the city is the breed’s loud, high-pitched scream, which can make him unacceptable in apartments and neighborhoods with noise restrictions. The Toller yelps out when he’s stimulated, excited, or frustrated. Often, the sight of birds or squirrels elicits the scream. Other than that, however, they don’t tend to bark excessively.

On the other hand, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an ideal dog if you are looking for a fun-loving, hard-working dog who enjoys long periods of exercise, and being with family.

Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/nova-scotia-duck-tolling-retriever#AEsJ4LJIdUlmyqpi.99



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